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Following the Coronavirus

Fauci says he feels safe despite threats, is focusing on job

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said Thursday he feels safe despite reports he's received online threats and has had uncomfortable personal encounters with admirers that prompted the Trump administration ...

Chinese smartphone health code rules post-virus life

WUHAN, China (AP) — Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the "health code" that says a user is symptom-free and it's required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million ...

Music never dies: “Bolero” busts out of coronavirus lockdown

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press LE PECQ, France (AP) — Look closely: The kettle drum player has a wooden spoon in one hand, a ladle in the other ... and doesn't even have his drums. But, hey, cutting a few corners can be forgiven of an orchestra that managed the remarkable feat of ...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, far exceeding a record high set just last week, a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to ...

Q&A: How to get aid for a small business hit by virus crisis

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of small business owners will be turning to the government, seeking help for an individual and nationwide cataclysm, the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The government says it will begin ...

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

By CARA ANNA Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the ...

Virus masks, apps: The race is on to avoid hidden carriers

By LORI HINNANT and ROBERT BUMSTED Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The worldwide race to protect people against unwitting coronavirus carriers intensified Thursday, pitting governments against each other as they buy protective gear and prompting new questions about who should wear masks, ...

Residents snitch on businesses, neighbors amid shutdowns

By TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press OAK PARK, Illinois (AP) — One Tulsa, Oklahoma, bar owner said more than a dozen motorcyclists showed up unannounced, but he served them a round of shots anyway to celebrate a birthday. Another live-streamed a drag queen show on Facebook while up to 20 ...

A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The stunning report ...

The Latest: Fauci unsure why some get sicker than others

By The Associated Press undefined The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — ...

Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states

By AAMER MADHANI, ZEKE MILLER and ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration's projections that tens of thousands of Americans are ...

Poorer NYC neighborhoods hit hardest by virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has touched every part of New York City, but new data shows it is hitting especially hard in neighborhoods that tend to be poorer and might be more likely to have many people living under one roof. Data released late Wednesday by city health ...

Nursing home infections, deaths surge amid lockdown measures

By JIM MUSTIAN, BERNARD CONDON and CANDICE CHOI Associated Press Nursing homes across the country have been in lockdown for weeks under federal orders to protect their frail, elderly residents from coronavirus, but a wave of deadly outbreaks nearly every day since suggests that the ...

New Zealand embraces teddies to help make lockdown bear-able

By NICK PERRY Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some are perched in trees. Some are hanging upside down. Some are baking scones. Teddy bears are popping up in the unlikeliest of places as New Zealanders embrace an international movement in which people are placing the ...

Los Angeles mayor urges everyone to wear masks

By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mayor of Los Angeles on Wednesday told everyone in the nation's second-largest city to start wearing masks to combat the coronavirus, but California's governor isn't ready to take that idea statewide. Gov. Gavin Newsom said ...

Nearly 3,000 sailors to leave carrier amid virus outbreak

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3,000 sailors aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier where the coronavirus has spread will be taken off the ship by Friday, Navy officials said as they struggle to quarantine crew members in the face of an outbreak. So far, fewer ...

Can you fix ventilators? A fuel cell engineer figures it out

By ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It was late when engineer Joe Tavi's boss called with an odd question: Could their company, which makes fuel cells, learn how to fix a ventilator? California had a bunch of broken ones, and the governor had asked if San Jose-based ...

Economic fallout mounts, worldwide cases top 1 million

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, LORI HINNANT and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks, the swiftest, most stunning collapse the U.S. job market has ever witnessed, and economists warn unemployment could ...

In Ecuador, families wait with their dead as bodies pile up

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and GONZALO SOLANO Associated Press QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Daniel Larrea died Monday after a week of high fever, struggling to breathe and steadily turning blue. Then a new nightmare began for his family. No one in their city on Ecuador's Pacific coast would pick up ...